plural noun
dig·​gings | \ ˈdi-giŋz How to pronounce diggings (audio) \

Definition of diggings

1 : a place of excavating especially for ore, metals, or precious stones
2 : material dug out
b chiefly British : lodgings for a student

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Recent Examples on the Web But her family letters from a century ago told of gatherings, as well as grave diggings. Jacey Fortin New York Times, Star Tribune, "In 1918, little debate over how to spend holidays," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of diggings

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of diggings was in 1538

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“Diggings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diggings. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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